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Topical Issue "Measurement, Specification and Forecasting of the Solar Energetic Particle Environment and GLEs", deadline 15 June 2017

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) plans a topical issue on “Measurement, Specification and Forecasting of the Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) Environment” to appear in 2017. SEPs arrive in bursts known as Solar Particle Events (SPEs) which are penetrate into the Earth’s magnetosphere to an extent depending on the magnetic rigidity of the particle. SPEs with significantly large high energy components induce an atmospheric cascade leading to an enhancement of count rate of ground-based detectors, specifically neutron monitors (NMs). This special class of SEP events, known as Ground-Level Enhancements (GLEs). Characterisation of the SEP environment and its effects is important for several industry sectors including civil aviation, human space flight, satellite design and operations.

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Topical Issue "Flares, coronal mass ejections and solar energetic particles and their space weather impacts", deadline 31 May 2017

Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and their interplanetary counterparts (ICMEs) remain topics of important research in the field of solar-terrestrial relations. Flares can have an important impact (UV radiation, particles) on the Earth's atmosphere. Recent remote observations and modeling studies have shown that coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can drive shock waves very low in the solar corona, which, in turn, may produce significant fluxes of solar energetic particles (SEPs). Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections (ICMEs) are the main drivers of large geomagnetic storms.

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Proposal for a Topical Issues based on ESWW13 sessions

If you are convening a session at the ESWW13 and would you like to be a Topical Editor in Chief for a Topical Issue (TI) in SWSC, you can send us your proposal for a TI. You are allowed to combine with other conveners whose sessions are close to yours. Your TI would be open to non-participants to the ESWW.

From your propositions, the SWSC Editorial Board will select the two most promising. In order to do so, please

1) Send us a mail before September, 15th to tell us whether you are interested in participating

2) If so, provide by November 30th (during or just after the ESWW13):

  • A list of papers that are expected to be submitted if the TI is selected
  • A list of 2 to 4 colleagues who will help you in handling the TI as « Associate Editors »

Finally, if you have a really outstanding presentation (oral or poster) in your session, you may propose that a corresponding manuscript is submitted to SWSC and quoted as "invited" even if your TI is not selected. It will follow the regular review process and if accepted will be stamped "invited".

Please, do not hesitate to contact Anna Belehaki (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Jean Lilensten (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for any question

Best regards
Anna and Jean

Note:
If your proposal is selected, you will serve as "Topical Editor in chief". Upon acceptance of your TI, you will be given access to our Manuscript Management System, which handles the following steps automatically (with templates asf). Our editorial office will provide support during the process.

Any time a paper is submitted to your TI:

  • It is read by Anna Belehaki, Jean Lilensten and the Topical EiC. If the 3 of us decide to reject it immediately, we send a mail to the authors with our arguments for rejecting it. If at least one of us thinks that it should proceed to a peer review, we send it to an AE after discussion between the three of us (handling a journal is a lot of discussions).
  • An AE is invited to handle the manuscript. (S)he may deny or accept, (s)he may also recommend to reject it . If (s)he handles it, (s)he looks for 2 reviewers (2 are mandatory) and follows the process until the final decision.
  • The AE makes a recommendation for the final decision to the Topical editor, to Anna and to Jean: legally, the EiCs are the authority to decide. When a paper is rejected, we write a mail to the authors on behalf of the EiCs. When it is accepted, we send a mail on behalf of the AE (so that when an author is angry, we get all the bitter words but when an author is happy, the nice words go to the AE).

Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate announces its new Impact Factor - 2.846* (June 2016)

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The latest Journal Citation Reports® recently announced by Thomson Reuters have revealed that Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate’s Impact Factor has risen to 2.846*.

This confirms Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate’s position as an important voice in the discipline as it grows readership by publishing regular research articles, invited topical research and review articles on all aspects of space weather and space climate from a broad range of scientific and technical fields. All papers in Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate are Open-Access.

Click here to read the journal or to submit a paper.

*2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports. Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

SWSC Impact factor 2015: 2.846

Thomson-Reuters just published the 2015 Impact Factors. The 2-year Impact Factor for SWSC, based on articles published in SWSC in 2013 and 2014 and cited in 2015, is 2.846 (2014: 2.558; 2013: 2.519).

The Immediacy Index, based on articles published in SWSC in 2015 and cited in 2015, is 0.308 (2014: 0.857; 2013: 0.600). As SWSC is a rather new journal, 2013 was the first year that Thomson-Reuters listed it in its Journal Citation Report.

13th Edition of the European Space Weather Week, Oostende, Belgium, 14-18 November 2016

The 13th Edition of the European Space Weather Week will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Oostende, Belgium. The ESWW is the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar. It is the European forum for Space Weather as proven by the high attendance to the past editions. The agenda will be composed of plenary/parallel sessions, working meetings and dedicated events for service end-users. The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together the diverse groups in Europe working on different aspects of Space Weather.

For more information click here.

Topical Issue "Brightness Variations of the Sun and Sun-like Stars and Resulting Influences on their Environments", submission deadline extended to 15 February 2016

Deadline: extended to 15 February 2016

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on "Brightness Variations of the Sun and Sun-like Stars and Resulting Influences on their Environments", to appear in 2016. This interdisciplinary issue will include contributions to the 2015 Sun-Climate Symposium and to the IAU General Assembly’s Focus Meeting 13 “Brightness Variations of the Sun and Sun-like Stars”. We welcome contributions that cover various aspects of solar and stellar magnetically driven variability, including among others:

  • Observations of solar and stellar brightness variability
  • Physical mechanisms and models of solar and stellar variability
  • The solar-stellar connection. Is the Sun a solar-type variable?
  • The impact of solar and stellar variability on their environment
  • Sun-Climate Connection: mechanisms, climate change
  • Future observing programmes and missions

Manuscripts must be submitted via the SWSC online submission tool.
Note that the publication fees, presently 500€+tax, will increase to 700€+tax for manuscripts submitted after 31st December 2015.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The guest editors for this Topical Issue are:

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For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of the guest editors. For questions concerning the submission process the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be contacted.

SWSC Impact factor 2014: 2.558

Thomson-Reuters just published the 2014 Impact Factors. The 2-year Impact Factor for SWSC, based on articles published in SWSC in 2012 and 2013 and cited in 2014, is 2.558 (2013: 2.519). The Immediacy Index, based on articles published in SWSC in 2014 and cited in 2014, is 0.857 (2013: 0.600). As SWSC is a rather new journal, 2013 was the first year that Thomson-Reuters listed it in its Journal Citation Report.

12th Edition of the European Space Weather Week, Ostend, Belgium, 23-27 November 2015

The 12th Edition of the European Space Weather Week will take place 23-27 November 2015 at the Kursaal in Ostend, Belgium. The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together the diverse groups in Europe working on different aspects of Space Weather. This includes but is not limited to the scientific community, the engineering community, applications developers, service providers and service end users.

Registration for participants is now open. For more information click here.

Topical Issue "Scientific Challenges in Thermosphere-Ionosphere Forecasting ", deadline extended to 1 June 2015

Deadline extended to 1 June 2015

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on "Scientific Challenges in Thermosphere-Ionosphere Forecasting", to appear in 2015. This issue is an outcome of the Technical Interchange Meeting that was held at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena on 21-23 October, 2014. The meeting was organized around a discussion of scientific challenges in understanding magnetospheric, ionospheric and atmospheric processes that are relevant to forecasting space weather. The focus was on scientific issues that need to be addressed to reduce uncertainty of space weather predictions in the thermosphere-ionosphere and make them feasible, rather than on operational space weather forecasting. The meeting brought together solar, magnetosphere, ionosphere, atmosphere and space weather scientists and modeling experts. This Topical Issue is open to all contributors and is not limited to workshop participants.

The main broad topics of the meeting and Topical Issue are:

  1. Model inputs from the solar wind to tidal forcing, and means of forecasting inputs
  2. Scales of temporal and spatial evolution, and predictability, of the global thermosphere and ionosphere
  3. Validation datasets: which observations provide crucial contributions to understanding the physics behind thermosphere-ionosphere forecasting
  4. Forecastable quantities in the thermosphere and ionosphere

The submission deadline is extended to 1 June 2015. Final submission should be directly to SWSC, via its online submission tool
http://www.swsc-journal.org/author-information/instructions-for-authors

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. The Journal is open access and is listed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science. The Journal requires authors to pay the article processing fee of €500 for manuscripts received in 2015 and accepted for publication. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The guest editors for this Topical Issue are:

  • Anthony J. Mannucci (Anthony.J. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Lead Guest Editor
  • Yue Deng (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Olga P. Verkhoglyadova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of the guest editors. For questions concerning the submission process the Editorial Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) should be contacted.